Overall Curtains was quite enjoyable. Nothing deeply substantive, but a fun evening of theater, basically a light-hearted murder mystery during the out-of-town tryout of a musical. What especially made the evening, though, was David Hyde Pierce, who starred as a Boston detective investigating the death, but who is SO starstruck and jealous of all the people involved with the show. He was a hoot, in a tough rough, being so abnormally naive in a serious job under serious circumstances, without coming across like a loon. I told everyone I knew to see the show, not just for its historic reasons, and pleasure, but because I felt Hyde Pierce would win the Tony Award when it got to Broadway.
The show didn't have a great run in New York, but respectable enough of 511 performances. And David Hyde Pierce did indeed win the Tony for Best Actor in a Musical.
In 2012, the Broadway Cares Gypsy of the Year show did a tribute to Fred Ebb. And as part of that, they reunited the cast of Curtains. The song, "Show People," doesn't begin until around the 3:30 mark, but it's worth watching for some wonderful discussion by David Hyde Pierce and Debra Monk about Fred Ebb's huge generosity. And what's a treat, as well, is that rather than just sing along, Hyde Pierce actually goes back into character as the shy Boston "cawp."